TNM Super League pacesetters, Blue Eagles, say being at the top of the league has given the team more pressure to maintain their winning streak.
Eagles opened a six-point gap at the top of the table with 12 points from four games, the latest being away victories over Azam Tigers (1-0) and Max Bullets 5-2 over the weekend.
Eagles General Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, said they need to exercise caution to maintain the lead.
“The race will be getting tougher because all the teams will be coming hard on us. But we will not relax and we are serious contenders this season,” he said.
Eagles, whose best league record is finishing second, usually start the league on a high only to lose steam in the final third of the season. Eagles last won Carlsberg Cup three years ago.
During the pre-season, Eagles lost captain John Banda and striker Schumacher Kuwali to Ferraviaro de Nampula of Mozambique, but Chirwa said the cops were coping up well.
Former Silver Strikers and Eagles defending midfielder, Bothwell Saka, also concurred with Chirwa, saying it was tough managing pressure at the top.
“The players should not be carried away because the race has just started. We have been in such situations several times and it is not easy,” Saka said.
Meanwhile, Eagles have received a boost as top striker John Malidadi Jnr has started full-time training after missing the start of the season due to a knee injury. Malidadi netted eight league goals last season.
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